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The following are the events that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball.

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September

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October

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November

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Sources

1800sEdit

  • 1884 - The Union Association admits the Boston Unions club organized by George Wright, bringing the number of teams to eight. The UA also decides to stick with the seven-ball walk rule, and the schedule is expanded to 112 games and adopts the percentage system for determining the champion team. The regular season opens with three games. Baltimore Monumentals pitcher Bill Sweeney throws a five-hitter, 7–3 victory over the Washington Nationals. It is the first of what will be a season-high 40 victories for Sweeney, 12 more than his closest rival Hugh Daily.
  • 1886 - The Sporting News, the weekly that will become "The Baseball Paper of the World," publishes its first issue.

1900sEdit

1910sEdit

  • 1911 - Plumbers at work on the drain pipes at Washington's Griffith Stadium start a fire that burns down the grandstand. Since the water has been shut off, fireman can do nothing. Stands will be rebuilt to play the home opener on schedule.
  • 1919 - The Boston Red Sox, minus holdouts Carl Mays and Babe Ruth, sail from New York aboard the USS Arapahoe. The trip to spring training is stormy and most of the players will be seasick. Ruth will sign on the 21st in New York and leave the night for Florida. Mays, unsigned will join Ruth and the Sox in Tampa.

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1940sEdit

  • 1940 - An inter-league exhibition All-Star Game is played in Florida for the benefit of Finland, which has been attacked by the Soviet Union. Over $20,000 is raised, but the Finlanders give up their battle within a few days of the benefit.

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1960sEdit

  • 1965 - Jackie Robinson is signed as a member of the ABC-TV MLB broadcast team, becoming the first black broadcaster to receive a network position in baseball. ABC provides the first-ever nationwide baseball coverage with weekly Saturday broadcasts on a regional basis.

1970sEdit

  • 1976 - Commissioner Bowie Kuhn orders teams to open spring training camps as soon as possible. All teams will comply within 48 hours.
  • 1978 - For the St. Patrick's Day exhibition game, the Cincinnati Reds wear special green uniforms, rather than their traditional red, starting an annual ritual. The good luck works and the Reds beat the New York Yankees 9–2. The St. Louis Cardinals, between other teams, will be the next to follow suit. Although the Reds will never use the uniforms in regular season play, the green colors will become a spring training tradition for the team that will last a few seasons.

1980sEdit

  • 1984 - Ferguson Jenkins announces his retirement. A Cy Young Award winner, in a 19-season major career Jenkins posted a record with strikeouts and a 3.34 ERA in innings pitched. He will be elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America in 1991.
  • 1988 - Recently acquired slugger Jack Clark tears a calf tendon while hitting a home run for the New York Yankees in an exhibition game. The oft-injured Clark had signed a free agent contract during the winter. He will miss the start of the season, but will return to hit 27 home runs with 93 RBI.

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2000sEdit

  • 2001 - Third baseman Joe Randa agrees to a two-year contract extension with the Kansas City Royals. Randa batted .304 with 106 RBI for the Royals in 155 games last season.
  • 2005 During more than 11 hours of the Committee on Government Reform hearing concerning major league player use of steroids, Mark McGwire refuses to talk about the past and does not deny taking performance enhancing drugs. Other players testifying included Curt Schilling, Sammy Sosa, Rafael Palmeiro, and former big leaguer José Canseco, whose recent book prompted the congressional hearing.
  • 2006:
    • Government of South Korea decided to exempt national baseball team members competing at the World Baseball Classic from mandatory military service as a reward for advancing to the tournament's semifinals. In a sour note, pitcher Myung Hwan Park tested positive for a banned substance and was thrown out of the Classic, MLB said in a statement.
    • Washington Nationals reliever Luis Ayala, who faced only one batter in his final appearance in the WBC, will have reconstructive surgery on his right elbow and is expected to miss the entire season.
    • Toronto Blue Jays starter Roy Halladay signed a three-year, $40 million contract extension that will keep him with the club through the 2010 season.

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